Puggle Rescue Information

Money contributions to a Puggle rescue are always a great way to help volunteers with expenses and make a difference in a Puggle’s world. So many rescued dogs are in need of Vet care, and all require the basic necessities of life – food, water and shelter – all of which costs money.

Although you may wish you could do more for a rescue aside from donating money, understand that providing such funds are greatly appreciated by the rescue. Every donation made to a good animal rescue goes toward caring for the dogs, and helping them find new loving homes.

However, did you know that you might be able to double the funds you donate to the Puggle rescue? Many employers will actually match charitable donations made by their employees. This doesn’t only mean matching money you may have donated, but also if you sponsor or adopt a dog.

This particular type of unique charitable donation matching is known as a Corporate Matching Gift program. Most companies who participate in this program will match dollar for dollar when it comes to the charitable contribution made by their employee.

Of course, not every company will offer the corporate matching gift program, so you will need to find out if your’s does. To learn if the business you work for is involved in the program, contact your employer’s Personal Department or Human Resources to find out more. If you discover that the company you work for does offer this charity program, simply ask for the proper form so you can fill it out and have you donation matched. If they don’t offer the program, there’s no harm in asking them if they would be interested in doing so.

Aside from corporate matching gifts (or if the business you work for doesn’t provide this option), there is nothing wrong with asking your fellow co-workers if they would be interested in making a small donation to the Puggle Rescue with you. Remember, every little bit helps, and there is no harm in asking. Just make sure you don’t hassle those who aren’t interested. A donation is a gift from the heart, it shouldn’t be forced.

All About Puggles

Puggles are a hybrid breed that are the result of crossing a Pug and a Beagle; two purebred dogs. A Puggle is a moderate sized dog that is considered excellent family pets. They have the playful and docile lap dog qualities of the Pug and the energy and hunting instincts of the Beagle.

The Puggle is an exceptionally friendly breed that gets a long well with children and thrives on human companionship. They have plenty of energy and can be quite hyperactive at times – a trait they inherit from both their parents.

Most Puggles are a perfect mix of Pug and Beagle and will warm the hearts of anyone looking for an energetic, outdoor loving lapdog.

Puggles History

 Puggles have an extremely short history, and very little is known about when the first cross breed took place or why. What is known is that that Puggle breed originated in America, and a Wisconsin Puggle breeder known as Wallace Havens was the first to register a Puggle litter with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). Havens is also credited with giving the breed its name.

The Puggle, like all hybrid dogs, are bred in different ways. For instance, Puggles may be bred as follows:

  • Pug – Beagle
  • Pug – Puggle
  • Beagle – Puggle
  • Puggle – Puggle

The different combinations produce different characteristics in the dogs. For instance, certain coat color or other physical features may be different, and the temperaments may vary as well depending on how many Beagle traits there is in the dog compared to Pug or vice versa. Therefore, it’s a good idea to ask a Puggle breeder how they choose to breed their dogs and why.

It is interesting to note that even though Puggles are hybrid dogs, they actually sell more than both their purebred parents. The main reason why these dogs sell for so much is because they are considered “Designer Dogs”. Designer dogs are different hybrid breeds like the Puggle that have become extremely popular.

Puggles – Charming Companions

Puggles are incredibly loving and friendly dogs. They love to be in the laps of their master and fellow family members, just as they love to be outdoors running and enjoy the fresh air. Due to their incredibly social and affectionate nature, the Puggle is considered an excellent family pet and is wonderful with both children and other family pets.

Keep in mind that although they are affectionate, and Puggles can look serious when calm and quiet, they are not ideal guard dogs and will welcome virtually any stranger into their home. That being said, they are quite the watchdog and love to bark to say “hello” or to alert their family to strangers. Aside from barking, you should also be warned that a Puggle may have also inherited the howling trait from their Beagle genes. You may find howling cute at first, but it is a noise that will quickly irritate you and your neighbors.

Puggles are a relatively intelligent breed. That being said, they can be difficult to train, especially when it comes to housebreaking. However, the Puggle is a clown at heart and easily catches on to tricks and adopts certain behaviors that bring out their true character.

The average Puggle stands about 13-15 inches at the shoulders and is approximately 15-30 pounds. Some Puggles may actually be bred smaller by combining a pug with a smaller Beagle. This Puggle breed is known as a “Pocket Puggle”, and they only differ from the regular Puggle variety in that they are slightly smaller in size, typically by 10 pounds.

As far as health is concerned, Puggles are sensitive to extreme climates and are susceptible to overheating and catching colds just like their Pug ancestors. The Puggle can still develop snoring and other breathing problems such as wheezing, even though their muzzle is slightly longer than a Pug. Breathing problems can develop from vigorous exercise, which the average Puggle tends to enjoy due to their Beagle heritage. Therefore, you need to make sure that your Puggle doesn’t overexert yourself.

Puggles also enjoy eating and have hearty appetites. Care needs to be taken to ensure that this breed doesn’t overeat, as obesity can become a health concern. Other health risks include ear infections and cherry eye. Nevertheless, despite their health issues, the Puggle can generally live a healthy life of 14 years or more.

Puggles do require a sufficient amount of exercise on a daily basis in order to keep them trim and happy. They love to play and should be taken on walks (twice daily for 15 – 20 minutes) weather permitting.

Grooming a Puggle is easy as they are considered a low maintenance dog. They only need an occasional bath ( A few times per year), as rubbing their coat with a damp towel and giving it a brush on a regular basis (few times per week) keeps their coat glossy and clean. Although the Puggle does not have as many wrinkles as a Pug, their wrinkles and face still need to be wiped daily to ensure they are clean. You also need to check and clean their ears once a week to avoid infection.

Puggles shed quite a bit, especially during spring. Therefore, they are not a hypoallergenic dog and will leave hair around the home wherever they go.

You need to keep all of the above information in mind if you are considering making a Puggle a part of your family.

Puggle Dogs – Are Designer Dogs Worth the Hype?

Puggle dogs are considered hybrids. This basically means they are a cross between two different purebreds. In the Puggle case, this would be a Beagle and a Pug. The Puggle can also be referred to as a crossbreed, even though this term can also refer to a mongrel – a dog that has only one known purebred in their genes.

Unlike mongrels or mutts that are usually the result of an unintentional crossbreed, hybrid dogs breed, whether they began as mutts or not, is purposely bred to create a specific breed type. Hybrid dogs like the Puggle are known as “designer dogs”. Designer dogs are popular hybrids that have been purposely created using two specific purebred dogs.

Of course, not all “designer dogs” are bred for the purpose of suiting the latest fad. The Labradoodle is a good example of this. Unlike breeding a Beagle and Pug for fashion, a Labrador and Standard Poodle were initially bred to create a hypoallergenic guide dog. In other words, the original cross breeding that resulted in the Labradoodle was intentional, and is still trying to be perfected so it can be recognized as a purebred dog.

Although most hybrids are selectively bred to create a breed that features all of the great characteristics of its two parents, sometimes there is no actual thought process in the creation of such breeds. For instance, although Puggle dogs are very sweet and sociable dogs, they were bred for no other purpose than to be a family pet.

They are not hypoallergenic and they are still prone to Pug breathing problems, which can be made worse because of their love for hunting that has been passed to them through their Beagle genes. For reasons such as this, many purebred breeders argue that designer dog breeding is irresponsible.

Despite what some breeders may think, the fact of the matter is that hybrid dogs are very popular, and often make excellent family pets and generally tend to be very healthy and happy breeds.

It is also important to point out that a hybrid dog is not considered a “true breed” due to the fact that they don’t have an official breed standard. For this reason, they are not recognized by any national kennel club. In addition, not being a true breed means that each Puggle litter produced will be different each time.

Nonetheless, even though Puggle dogs may not have a “true” standard to their name, the fact remains that this special hybrid is in high demand, and is loved by many. After all, who says a dog needs an official standard to be considered a great pal and a one-of-a-kind friend.

Finding Reputable Puggle Breeders

Puggle breeders need to be carefully scrutinized before you make the decision to buy a pup from their litter. Even though the Puggle does not have a breed standard, this doesn’t mean you should trust every Puggle Breeder out there. Not everyone has good breeding ethics, and for some, all they care about is the money they’ll make off the sales of a popular breed.

Here is what you need to find out before you settle on just any Puggle breeder –

  • Does the breeder sell his/her Puggles privately, or do they sell to pet shops? A breeder that is willing to sell the dogs they breed to pet shops is only in the breeding business for money.
  • Does the breeder breed more than Puggles? If Puggle breeders are breeding more than one type of dog other than a Beagle or Pug (aside from the Puggle) or if they have only ever bred Puggles, you should take your business elsewhere. A reputable breeder interested in breeding hybrids should first be experienced with properly breeding a purebred dog. Furthermore, a breeder who has bred either Pugs of Beagles previously, has a good idea of what type of temperaments to expect.
  • Ask to see the sire and dam of the litter. A good breeder will show you both or either the sire and dam of the litter. They should also show you a detailed pedigree of both dogs. Even though Puggles are only hybrid dogs, a breeder with a pedigree of the purebred parents is a sign of a responsible breeder.
  • Is the breeder willing to give up the pup before 8 weeks? Puggle breeders should not allow a Puggle puppy to be taken sooner than 8 weeks of age. A puppy offered before this age has not been allowed sufficient time to be weaned from his/her mother. This can cause social and development issues in the dog.
  • There should always be a guarantee – Only a reputable breeder would provide you with a contract and written guarantee for the dog. The guarantee usually states that if something should happen with the dog’s health, etc. they will take the Puggle back and offer you a new one or give you your money back. Essentially, a good breeder would rather take the dog back than see harm come to it.
  • The breeder should be registered – Even though the Puggle is a hybrid breed not recognized by any of the national kennel clubs, reputable Puggle Breeders will have their Puggles registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), or the Hybrid Club of their nation. Note: The ACHC only registers individual Puggles that have purebread parents.

Finally, make sure you visit the breeder in person and get to know the pups before you make any decisions. In addition, make sure the premise in which the breeder is raising the pups is a clean and happy environment.

Puggle Training Tips

Did you know that there is more than just a standard collar you can use for Puggle training? Different collars are designed to have diverse effects on a dog. For instance, while one collar may be used to guide your dog, another may be used for restraining him/her, while still another may be used to discourage the development of negative behaviors.

The following is a list of training collars that can be used for dog training, but are not the ideal choice for training a Puggle –

Prong Collar – This is a collar comprised of metal prongs that are linked together. When pressure is applied to the collar with the leash, the dog receives a slight pinch on their neck. This pinch doesn’t hurt the dog, as it has been designed to replicate the effect the mother dog’s teeth would have on her pup as she picked him/her up by the scruff of the neck. There is a correct way to apply the prong collar, which should be learned before being used on a dog.

The prong collar is not recommended for dogs that have a tendency to pull on the leash, and is a little extreme for Puggle training as they are only small dogs.

Head Halters – This type of collar is designed to fit on your dog’s head and is meant to restrain the movements of your pet. The theory for this collar is that if the owner can control the dog’s head, the body must follow the resulting movement. When the leash is pulled, the halter closes the dog’s mouth and restrains his/her head.

This is another collar that is not necessary for Puggle training as Puggles are not aggressive dogs and are not prone to lunging and biting.

Electronic Collar – Just as the name implies, an electronic collar is designed to give the dog harmless shocks when he/she is exhibiting behaviors the owner disapproves of. However, these collars have adjustable settings, and if the setting is too high, you can hurt the dog. Therefore, this type of collar should only be used by experienced trainers and really isn’t necessary for a Puggle.

As you can see, the above dog collars are too harsh for training a small dog like a Puggle. Therefore, the fact remains that when it comes to Puggle training, a standard, durable leather or nylon collar or harness are perfect for training and keeping your dog under control.

Puggle Care – 10 Hazards To Be Aware of…

Good Puggle care is about making sure your home is a safe and happy environment for your dog. Dogs have a naturally curious and mischievous nature. In other words, they will get into anything and everything if given half the chance. The following are 10 items that you may have around your home which are hazardous to your dog’s health –

  • Antifreeze – Antifreeze tastes like a sweet treat to your dog, and will be very appealing to him/her. Although vital to your vehicle in the winter, antifreeze is incredibly poisonous to dogs and can kill them. Signs to watch for in your dog include: vomiting, lethargy, stumbling and seizures. Should you suspect that your dog has ingested antifreeze call your vet immediately.

Make sure you store antifreeze on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard to avoid spills or the chance of your dog getting into it.

  • Bleach – Household bleach is extremely toxic to dogs and can lead to death if ingested. Signs of bleach poisoning including vomiting, excessive drooling, and stomach pain. If you suspect or know your dog has ingested bleach, as part of your Puggle care you should not induce vomiting – call the vet immediately.

Store bleach in a locked cupboard or high shelf for safety.

  • Chocolate – Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains obromine. Chocolate can kill dogs if ingested in small or large amounts. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, excessive urination and activity, and can lead to seizures. Call your vet immediately if you suspect your Puggle has ingested chocolate.

Make sure chocolate candies are where your dog can’t reach them, especially when you have guests over for the holidays.

  • Detergent – There are a variety of household detergents and other chemicals that are incredibly toxic to dogs. You are responsible for Puggle care and, therefore, need to ensure that fabric softener, clothing and dish detergent, bathroom cleaners, etc. are kept in a safe place far from your dog’s reach. The following are the signs and symptoms that may occur if your dog is suffering from chemical poisoning: Excessive drooling, vomiting, lethargy, muscle weakness, mouth burns, and even a coma. Contact your Vet right away and do not induce vomiting.
  • Fruit pits and seeds – The pits and seeds of most fruits are actually toxic to dogs. Excessive drooling, vomiting and lethargy are the common symptoms exhibited by dogs that have been poisoned by fruit pits and/or seeds. Your dog should be taken to the Vet right away.

Do not leave the garbage lying around where your dog can get at it, and keep fruit out of your dog’s reach.

  • House plants – Many of the lovely plants you have in your home can actually be deadly to your dog. Some toxic plants include aloe, ferns, lilies and ivy. If your dog has ingested a toxic plant, the following are symptoms to watch for: vomiting and a stimulated nervous system. Be sure to contact your Vet right away.

Make sure you find out if your plants are harmful to your pet. Keep those that are not out of his/her reach. However, if you do have plants that are toxic to dogs, the best Puggle care you can employ is to rid your house of such plants.

  • Mothballs – Moth balls are pure poison to dogs. This shouldn’t surprise you considering the fact that moth balls contain insecticide. A dog that ingests a moth ball will likely have symptoms of vomiting and seizures. Your dog needs immediate veterinary care if you suspect or saw him/her ingest a moth ball. Do not induce vomiting and rush them to the Vet right away as moth balls can result in liver failure.

If you use moth balls, get rid of them for your dog’s safety.

  • MouthwashThe product you love that gives you minty fresh breath doesn’t provide your dog with the same benefits. Most mouthwashes actually have an ingredient known as boric acid in them. Boric acid is extremely toxic to dogs and when ingested, leads to symptoms including excessive drooling, vomiting, seizures and coma. Your dog should be taken to his/her Vet right away if you suspect or know that this poisoning has occurring. Note: Boric acid can also be found in denture cleaner and contact lens solution.  

Keep mouthwash and other Boric acid items out of reach for best Puggle care.

  • Tylenol – Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be quite deadly to dogs. This drug is particularly toxic to dogs because canines do not have the necessary liver enzymes to break it down. Symptoms of Tylenol toxicity including: excessive drooling, lethargy and stomach pain. Call your Vet right away.

Keep Tylenol and all medication in a proper medicine cabinet well out of your dog’s reach.

  • Watch batteries – It only takes 12 hours for an ingested watch battery to kill your dog. Swallowing a watch battery can result in a fatal stomach ulceration. Any alkaline battery produces this same effect and symptoms include: excessive drooling, loss of appetite, lethargy and vomiting. See your vet for immediate Puggle care if you suspect your dog has swallowed a battery.

Keep all batteries in a safe, secure location far from the reach of your Puggle.

Puggle Puppies – A Closer Look

Puggle puppies are very small and wrinkly. Their appearance is almost a perfect mix of Beagle and Pug, as is their temperament. Due to the fact that the Puggle is a hybrid and not a true breed, they have no set standard. This isn’t a huge issue, as most breed standards have been created as a guide for those interested in showing and registering their dog. On the other hand, the breed standard is also an ideal way for a potential dog owner to ensure the puppy they are interested in is healthy and comes from a quality breed line.

Therefore, since there is no standard for Puggles, and litters can be different depending on how the dogs are crossbred, you’ll need to inspect your Puggle puppies by keeping the following information in mind:

Temperament – Puggles are very outgoing and social. Puppies should not shy away or fear social interaction with humans. They are naturally playful, and should not be aggressive.

Appearance – The standard Puggle pup has a long body that is thick and stocky, closely resembling a Beagle. Their backs are level and extend into a long tail that is thick at the base and than tapers off. The tail is carried high over the back and often has a curl to it.

The legs of Puggle puppies are short. The front legs are well muscled and straight, while the back legs are well muscled with a well-bent stifle. The paws of the Puggle are quite large but not un-proportioned to the legs. The feet should face forward and not turn in or out.

The face of a Puggle is wrinkly like a Pug’s and they have large, round dark brown eyes. The eyes are very alert and expressive. The ears of the Puggle are large and floppy like a Beagle.

The snout is longer than a Pug’s, but shorter than a Beagle’s, and the nose is black and features large nostrils. The teeth of a puggle should form a complete and perfect scissor bite with the front teeth slightly overlapping the bottom teeth.

Although some Puggles may be multicolored with black and tan or tri-colored (black, tan, white) markings similar to a Beagle, the vast majorities of Puggle puppies are fawn in color. However, despite the coat color, all Puggles should have black masks similar to Pugs. Aside from the coloring, the coat should be smooth and short.

Health – Healthy Puggle puppies should have:

  • White teeth and pink gums
  • Clean ears that do not smell or leak discharge
  • A cool damp or dry nose without discharge
  • Clear eyes with an alert expression. There should be no gunk seeping from the eyes, or caked around them.
  • There walk should be free of a limp
  • Tail should be held high and not drooping low or carried between the legs
  • Coat should be full -there should be no missing patches of fur

Purebred background check – Make sure you check out the breed standard for both the Pug and Beagle before you consider owning a Puggle. Knowing the good and bad traits associated with both breeds will give you an idea of what to expect from you dog. Remember, dogs resort back to their natural roots, and since Puggle puppies have two different natural roots inbred in them, you’ll likely end up with mixed traits of both breeds.

Getting Better Puggle Puppy Behavior

One of the first things you will notice about your Puggle puppy is that his/her behaviors are not fully developed. This means that what he/she learns in the first few months in your care is critical to their overall development. Therefore, you need to know how to encourage acceptable behavior so your puppy knows his/her place in your family. Encouragement is harnessed through training, socialization, and – believe it or not – exercise.

That’s right, providing your dog with sufficient exercise actually helps you gain control over your pet, and makes the teaching process all the more tolerable. It has been found that dogs that are not provided the ideal amount of exercise recommended for their breed are prone to destructive behaviors such as destroying property and digging. Dogs were not bred to be idle and will find other ways to release their energy if you don’t provide them with a positive outlet.

A Puggle puppy that has been allowed to release their energy on a regular basis will be easier to control, and is more apt to listen and cooperate during training, as they won’t have any pent up energy making them feel anxious, frustrated and distracted.

Although exercising your dog is good for his/her health, helps improve training, and makes for an all around happy dog, many owners find it difficult to find the time to provide the dog with the exercise they need. Busy and irregular work schedules, fatigue, and space limitations can create problems. However, these obstacles can and need to be overcome if you want a happy dog with a first class behavior.

The following are some helpful tips you can apply to ensure your Puggle puppy is receiving the exercise he/she needs.

  • Know the exercise your dog needs – First, find out how much exercise your dog requires daily. This includes walks and playtime. Remember, the younger the dog, the more energy he/she has and needs to burn. A Puggle puppy requires one – two hours of energy burning fun per day.

This doesn’t mean your dog should be taken on long one hour walks, nor does it mean you should provide your dog with two hours of exercise all at once. Split the time up evenly between different activities. For instance, two twenty minute walks, 10 minute run around in the yard, and an hour and ten minutes of play time. Remember, you don’t need to vigorously exercise your dog, if he/she’s moving, they’re burning energy.

  • Walk – Take the time to go for a nice walk. You may not be able to take your Puggle on a nice long walk everyday, but you need to make the effort to make your walk last longer than the time it takes for your dog to eliminate. Walking is a great way for both you and your Puggle puppy to get exercise. Best of all, walking also gives you time to bond.
  • Play fetch – If you’ve had a long day and you just want to relax, why not sit down in a comfy chair, grab your Puggle’s favorite toy and play a good game of fetch. Your Puggle will enjoy the attention, he/she will get their exercise, and you can relax.
  • Indoor treadmill – If you can walk the treadmill, so can your dog… provided he/she’s been trained properly first. Training your dog how to walk on a treadmill allows him/her to exercise as they would normally on a walk. This is a particularly good idea for those who have limited yard space or have busy schedules and cannot always take their dogs on nice walks. If you are interested in teaching your Puggle puppy how to walk on a treadmill, speak to you vet first.